The strong influence of thermal effects on the lifetime of an evaporating droplet

Feargus G. H. Schofield, Stephen K. Wilson, David Pritchard, Khellil Sefiane

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The diffusion-limited model for evaporation is used to calculate the evolution, and hence the lifetime, of droplets with any initial contact angle on a substrate with a wide range of thermal conductivities in both the constant contact radius and constant contact angle modes of evaporation. In particular, it is shown that when the initial contact angle is large, the thermally decoupled model for evaporation, which neglects evaporative cooling effects, underpredicts the lifetime of the droplet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of 16th UK Heat Transfer Conference (UKHTC2019)
EditorsChuang Wen, Yuying Yan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789813347656
ISBN (Print)9789813347649
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021


  • evaporation
  • droplets
  • lifetime of droplets

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